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Michael Kane

Assistant Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering


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Research Focus

Occupant-centric building controls, community resilience, model predictive control, hybrid systems


Michael Kane is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University where his research and teaching focus on human-in-the-loop control of civil infrastructure. Prior to joining Northeastern, he served as a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Advanced Research Project Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) where he identified new technology development opportunities for control of civil energy infrastructure, primarily in the areas of transportation, buildings, and distributed energy resources. In 2014, he finished a PhD at the University of Michigan where he pursued novel ways of embedding computational intelligence into civil systems in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Technology (LIST). Outside the office and lab, he enjoys cycling, games of ultimate, skiing, and backpacking.


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2011
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Drexel University, 2009
  • BS, Architectural Engineering, Drexel University, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Research Overview

Occupant-centric building controls, community resilience, model predictive control, hybrid systems

Selected Research Projects

  • Understanding the Algorithmic Workplace: A Multi-Method Study for Comprehensive Optimization of Platforms
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

College Research Initiatives

Selected Publications

  • M.B. Kane, J.P. Lynch, J. Scruggs, Run-Time Efficiency of Bilinear Model Predictive Control Using Variational Methods, With Applications to Hydronic Cooling, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 24(2), 2019, 718-728
  • M.B. Kane, L.P. Jerome, J. Scruggs, Development of a Scalable Distributed Model Predictive Control System for Hydronic Networks with Bilinear and Hybrid Dynamics, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 32(5), 2018, 04018038
  • M.B. Kane, Modeling Human-in-the-Loop Behavior and Interactions with HVAC Systems, American Control Conference (ACC), IEEE, 2018, 6
  • M.B. Kane, C. Peckens, Digital Control Systems, Chapter in Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2017, 1257-1265
  • M.W. Häckell, R. Rolfes, M.B. Kane, J.P. Lynch, Three-Tier Modular Structural Health Monitoring Framework Using Environmental and Operational Condition Clustering for Data Normalization: Validation on an Operational Wind Turbine System, Proceedings of the IEEE, 108(8), 2016, 1-15
  • M.B. Kane, J. Scruggs, J.P. Lynch, Model-Predictive Control Techniques for Hydronic Systems Implemented on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks, 2014 American Control Conference, 2014, 3542-3547


Apr 28, 2020

Kane receives $2.2M Department of Energy Grant for Flexible Building Technologies

The US Department of Energy awarded CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane (PI), CAMD/CEE Assistant Professor David Fannon, and ECE affiliated faculty Misha Pavel $2.2M to create an open dataset characterizing occupant-centric control of grid-interactive efficient buildings.


Dec 03, 2019

Poulin and Kane awarded Best Paper at Resilience Week 2019

Interdisciplinary Engineering PhD candidate Craig Poulin and CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane were awarded “Best Community R&D Paper” at Resilience Week 2019 for their paper “Identifying Heterogeneous Infrastructure Interdependencies through Multiverse Simulation.”

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Sep 03, 2019

Ergun and Kane to Work on $1.2M NSF Grant for Algorithmic Workplace

Law Associate Professor Hilary Robinson, MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun, CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane, CSSH Professor Steven Vallas, and Juliet Schor from Boston College were awarded a $1.2M NSF grant for creating an “Understanding the Algorithmic Workplace: A Multi-Method Study for Comprehensive Optimization of Platforms”.


Apr 05, 2019

Congratulations RISE:2019 Winners

Congratulations to our engineering students who won awards at the RISE:2019 Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo!


Jan 20, 2017

New Faculty Spotlight: Michael Kane

Michael Kane joins the Civl & Environmental Engineering department in January 2017 as an Assistant Professor.

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